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Panic hits Mombasa after 500kg bomb find

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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    Panic hits Mombasa after 500kg bomb find

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    Two bomb experts examine a 500kg live bomb that was found underwater by fishermen in the Indian Ocean near Fort Jesus April 3, 2012. Panic hit Mombasa town after the discovery of the bomb with capacity to flatten the island. LABAN WALLOGA.
    By BOZO JENJE bjenje@ke.nationmedia.com
    Posted Tuesday, April 3 2012 at 16:48

    Panic hit Mombasa town Tuesday afternoon after a large metallic object harvested by fishermen in the Indian Ocean turned out to be a live 500kg bomb with capacity to flatten the island.
    An initial assessment by bomb experts, who rushed to the scene, dated it 50 years back to the two world wars of which the East African coastline was one of the theatres.
    The two fishermen Omar Ali and Yakub Twalib, said they were certain of two other similar objects around the same area where they had picked the bomb.
    Coast Provincial Anti-Terrorism Unit boss Elijah Rop, who was among the first to arrive at the scene, confirmed the deadly find and told the media that the explosive had been spotted by the fishermen off the Coast of Mombasa.
    "The bomb was picked by fishermen who assumed it was scrap metal that they could use for commercial purposes," Mr Rop said.
    Unaware of their deadly catch, the fishermen hauled it ashore to a flat patch of land at the foot of Fort Jesus.
    Police had a hard time controlling the surging crowd after news of the find spread.
    They alerted the National Museum of Kenya staff of the find. This is official requirement as the zone is watched over by the NMK as a protected area because it is rich in underwater archaeology.
    However, after viewing the strange-looking object, the NMK officers became suspicious and instead opted to alert the police who arrived a short while later and confirmed that it was indeed a bomb.
    The bomb's casing had been corroded, apparently by the salty sea water, causing the security officers to fear that exposure to the sun could turn out to be risky.
    Mr Rop, who was accompanied by three bomb experts, alerted the Kenya Navy who were expected to send a vessel to carry the bomb back out into the sea.
    "The location is unsafe. We will have to take it away to a safer place, far from the population.
    "This type of bomb can cause great damage within a radius of 3 kilometres," he said.
    He said possibilities of such bombs being out there in the deep sea could not be ruled out because the East African coastline was a war zone in the two world wars.
    "At the moment, we cannot say what type of bomb it is as we do not have its serial number or any marking," he said.
    Mr Rop warned the milling crowd to keep their distance and report to police any such strange metallic objects.
    "In case you see unfamiliar metallic objects such as this one do not disturb the object but give information to police for action to be taken to avert disasters," he said.
    Panic hits Mombasa after 500kg bomb find*- News*|nation.co.ke



    Warning
    Fellow Tanzanians and tourists, please maintain vigilance wherever in Mombasa or Nairobi if u can afford then avoid visiting those places at this time! A threat of Al-Shaabab is real and can be lethal
     
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    OMG...
    Disaster waiting to happen...or is it already happening?:A S 39:
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    500 kg of explosive! Not a joke...! would have sank the whole of that Island; I tell u, Kenya is the most dangerous place to visit right now! I hope the World see before the disaster happens!
     
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    wow,geza u amaze me sometyms.bt thanks 4 tha warnin,not 4getin tanganyika also fought the war!lolest.
     
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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    What a coward. You have a sick mind I tell you! IT WAS FROM WORLD WAR 2 GET A BRAIN!
     
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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    is that your Christmas wish. All of this stemming from the fact the Kenyan economy is performing better than Tanzania's!! Haha Jealousy is a horrible thing.
     
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    dah wangelipata wale jamaa wanaouza scraper ingekua sikukuu
     
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    oh ohoooo...:biggrin:
     
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    :welcome: :welcome:
     
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    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – There was panic in the island of Mombasa on Tuesday afternoon, after a group of fishermen stumbled on a 500 kilogramme bomb while on an excursion in the English Channel.The fishermen carried the explosive device from the sea to the shore near the historic Fort Jesus, in the hope that they had found valuable scrap metal.

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    It was only when they reached ashore that they realised they had a lethal device on their hands and decided to contact the police.
    The police, led by Mombasa urban police chief Kipkemoi Rop, said they suspected the explosive dates back to the 1940s.
    "It's not a new bomb. I suspect it was of 1948 during the (World War II). The bomb is not of the new model of bombs," Rop told journalists.
    "Fishermen removed it from the sea and thought it was their time to make money from scrap metal dealers but realised it was a bomb and decided to call the police," the police chief added.

    Bomb disposal experts and Kenya Navy divers were called to the scene and opted to detonate it at sea.
    Kenya Navy Senior Sergeant Malonye said they decided to detonate it at sea due to public safety.
    He said the explosive device was capable of affecting a radius of about 3km if detonated on dry land.

    Capital News ยป 500kg bomb detonated at sea after causing panic
     
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    Njaa mbaya, KDF (Kenya Defence Forces) hasa hasa Kenya Navy waacheni wavuvi wa pwani wavue samaki.
     
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    Mwembetayari JF-Expert Member

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    The Kenya Navy was Gallant and handled the situation well! Meanwhile, tunasubiri mabomu kulipuka pale Gongola Mboto army base kama ilivyo desturi! The soldiers dont know how to handle bombs and they keep blowing up year in year out! Hapa tunaona tofauti baina ya askari kanzu na disciplined forces!
     
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    FJM JF-Expert Member

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    Yes, from the WW II anad it took you 60 yrs to find it!
    Maybe should dedicate more time looking for more 'left-overs' instead of reading the world bank report just to learn about Tanzania's GDP!
     
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    I agree with you on that and assure you the coast of Tanzania is also lined up with bombs my dear friend so it is something we all need to do.
     
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    mbona wanasema yalitumika kipindi cha WWII hayo madramite..
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    lilikuwa liuzwe kwa wayayusha chuma hehehe just imagine that thing would have razzed to the dust the whole of Mombasa! pls people don't go to Mombasa! come to the haven of safety Zanzibar :-*!
     
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    hahaha...market zanzibar tu kanakwamba haikuwa theater ya WW II. What Kenya got by luck or badluck can be found at the coastal waters of dar. Rem our coastlines have never been sweeped for mines and related explosives. Cross your fingers.
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    who told u sisi tuna tuko advanced na utaalamu wa explosive sniffer rats na tunaweza wasaidia but if u swallow ur pride! can u do that?
     
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    sasa kama mabomu yaliyo kwenye handaki zalipuka zenyewe tena ndani ya kambi...ya maji mtaweza? Hao panya ni lishe ya paka ama wachina, chunguza vizuri.lol
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    hapa umevunja mzee....! u were supposed to say mabomu yaliyo kwenye handaki yanalipuka na si zalipuka!
    Yaliyo majini mtayaweza?
     
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